The Art of Dying (Way of All Flesh #2) by Ambrose Parry #HistoricalFiction based on fact #Medical #Mystery @ambroseparry

Author: Ambrose Parry

Published: August 2019 by Canongate Books

Category: Historical, Medical, Mystery, Crime, Book Review


Edinburgh, 1850. Despite being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. But it is not just the deaths that dismay the esteemed Dr James Simpson – a whispering campaign seeks to blame him for the death of a patient in suspicious circumstances.

In this sequel to The Way of All Flesh, which I really enjoyed, we find Will Raven in Europe, studying and learning, becoming a fully qualified doctor.

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The Way Of All Flesh by @ambroseparry #HistoricalFiction based on fact set in Edinburgh #Medical #Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Ambrose Parry

Published: August 2018 by Canongate Books

Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Medical, Mystery, Book Review

Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson’s housemaid, and has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges.

As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld. And if either of them are to make it out alive, they will have to work together to find out who’s responsible for the gruesome deaths.

The Way Of All Flesh is a historical crime fiction set in 19th century Edinburgh. Will Raven was about to embark on an apprenticeship with distinguished obstetrician, Professor James Young Simpson, a real historical figure who began introducing the use of ether for difficulties in childbirth, and later discovered the anaesthetic qualities of chloroform.

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Past Aghast ~ the book


  • Past AghastAuthor: Edwin Dasso MD
  • Published: November 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime/Thriller
  • three-stars

Pubshelf Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The main protagonist, Dr Jack Bass, has PTSD after a horrendous tour of duty in Iraq. Believing he has secured a much less demanding job as the new Chairman of Anaesthesia at Southern Medical Center, he is inadvertently drawn into a series of grotesque murders which take place where he works.

Bass is under suspicion for the murders and after all the trauma he suffered he’s doubting himself and wondering if he could possibly have done something so terrible while in the grip of one of the severe PTSD episodes he suffers from time to time.


An interesting debut novel and a good basis for a thriller.  For me, it would benefit from some editorial tightening and fewer italicised words and phrases. Having said that the author is obviously very knowledgable about the medical profession and it’s workings which enhances the storyline.

Corruption in high places, greed and murder add to the suspense and there are plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing.

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